By Curry, Shaun
In Hizen Province, Father Joaquim Martinez has been quietly tending to the life of his village - but his faith is about to be tested. When the country's military dictator - the Shogun - outlaws Martinez's religion, his and the villagers' lives are thrown into turmoil. Where once ...new ideas and beliefs had been accepted - with European Jesuits welcoming more than 100,000 converts into the Catholic faith - now the nation is shutting itself off from outside influences. Those who won't recant or accept banishment face a sentence of death. With the threat of a massacre looming, and the Shogun's Samurai closing in, Father Martinez must decide if he's willing to risk everything for the villagers he's come to think of as family.Read more
Fascinated by Japan from an early age, Shaun Curry went on to study and work in Tokyo, where he developed a passion for the country, its culture and history. An avid collector of rare books, maps and artefacts, he has spent more than ten years researching in the Papal Archives in Rome, the British Library in London, and the New York Public library, amassing the wealth of knowledge that enriches his writing in the Swords of Fire trilogy. His expertise in feudal Japanese history has informed not only his fiction, but also numerous articles, and has led him to be featured as a guest on BBC radio. He is also a prolific speaker on the subject of Christianity in Japan. A British and Canadian national, he now lives and writes in London.
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